| Dr Josephine Fleming,
University of Sydney
Dr Fleming argues that technology should be for learners. But I don't agree. Technologies, from the human voice, through handwriting, the printing press, and the computer, started as novel, but then were incorporated into formal education. Digital technology offers opportunities for students to learn on their own, and in groups. However, if the community wants social and economic outcomes from education, at some point the tech will have to be tied to formal education systems. The approach I suggest, and have used at ANU, is to use the instution's edtech, which can be relatively inflexible and dull (such as Moodle), to set out what the student needs to do, then send them off into the digital (and real) world to do it, before they return to demonstrate they have gain the required skills and knowledge.
ps: I am on my way to TALE 2019, in Yogyakarta, to talk about how created a learning module for teaching students to write a job application.